Communicating Arts Major
Speech Communication Concentration
Speech Communication Minor
Professional and Personal Communication Minor

Mass Communication Concentration
Mass Communication Minor
Journalism Minor
Theatre Major
Theatre Minor

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Performance Concentration)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Design and Technical Production Concentration)


Communicating Arts

Faculty
Joel Anderson, Lecturer
Martha J. Einerson, Associate Professor
Cathy A. Fank, Assistant Professor
Cynthia Graham, Associate Professor
Brian Matuszak, Lecturer
Brent Notbohm, Assistant Professor
Thomas Notton, Senior Lecturer
Stewart Platner, Professor

Professional Contributing Faculty
John A. Munson, Northwest Regional Manager, KUWS Radio, WPR (UWEX/BAHI)
Mike Simonson, News Director, KUWS Radio

Degree Programs
Communicating Arts
    Bachelor of Arts
    Bachelor of Science
Theatre
    Bachelor of Arts
    Bachelor of Science
    Bachelor of Fine Arts (Liberal Arts)

Note: Production, rehearsal or laboratory work is required in many courses in this department. (A maximum of six semester credits of practica/independent study may be applied toward the requirements for any B.A. or B.S. major or minor.) Additional practica/independent study credits may be elected and applied toward graduation but do not count toward the major or minor.

Credit By Examination Policy
It is the policy of the Department of Communicating Arts that performance courses are not appropriate for credit by examination. This policy includes Communicating Arts 110 and 370, which are public speaking courses, and performance courses in Drama and Mass Communication. In all non-performance courses, each faculty member decides whether credit by examination is appropriate for the course for which the faculty member is responsible.

Students may inquire about a waiver for a Communicating Arts 110 on the basis of one year of high school speech with a minimum grade of B. Inquiries should be directed to the coordinator of the Communicating Arts 110 course. No students may take Communicating Arts 110 on a Pass-Fail basis.

Communicating Arts Major

(Speech Communication Concentration)
A minimum of 33 credits to include:
COMM 170     Mass Communication and Society     3 credits
COMM 211     Interpersonal Communication             3 credits
COMM 251     Principles of Persuasion                     3 credits
COMM 332     Communication in Conflict                 3 credits
COMM 368     Criticism of Film and Television         3 credits
COMM 370     Communicating in Organizations         3 credits
COMM 376     Group Communication Processes        3 credits
COMM 467     Intercultural Communication                3 credits
COMM 491     Capstone Participation                        0 credits

Capstone Statement: Courses available to be paired with COMM 491 for identification as capstone experience with consent of advisor (minimum three credits) include: COMM 332, 376, 467, 475, 495, 498             3 credits

Plus electives in Communicating Arts over 300 to total 33 credits.

Speech Communication Minor
A minimum of 21 credits to include:
COMM 170     Mass Communication and Society     3 credits
COMM 211     Interpersonal Communication             3 credits
COMM 251     Principles of Persuasion                     3 credits
COMM 376     Group Communication Processes      3 credits
COMM 467     Intercultural Communication             3 credits

Select one of the following two courses:
COMM 332     Communication in Conflict                 3 credits
or
COMM 370     Communicating in Organizations         3 credits

Plus electives in Communicating Arts to total 21 credits.

Professional and Personal Communication Minor
A minimum of 21 semester credits to include:
COMM 211     Interpersonal Communication             3 credits
COMM 332     Communication in Conflict                 3 credits
COMM 370     Communicating in Organizations         3 credits
COMM 376     Group Communication Processes     3 credits

Select one of the following two courses:
COMM 251     Principles of Persuasion                   3 credits
or
COMM 467     Intercultural Communication             3 credits

Two courses (usually six credits) negotiated with the coordinator of the minor in an associated discipline (in or outside of Communicating Arts) to focus the student's professional goals.

Examples:
COMM 350 Public Relations and COMM 351 Public Relations Cases and Problems (or other).

Two Business courses, two Social Work courses, two Psychology courses etc. PLUS electives to a total of 21 credits.

Communicating Arts Major
(Mass Communication Concentration)

1. General Mass Communication Track
A minimum of 34 credits to include:
COMM 104     Film and Culture                             3 credits
COMM 170     Mass Communication and Society     3 credits
COMM 191     Practicum                                         1 credit
COMM 203     News Gathering and Reporting         3 credits
COMM 376     Group Communication Processes     3 credits
COMM 455     Mass Communication Theory         3 credits
COMM 477     Mass Communication Law             3 credits
COMM 491     Capstone Participation                     0 credits

Capstone Statement: Courses available to be paired with COMM 491 for identification as capstone experience with consent of advisor (minimum three credits) include: COMM 475, 495, 498         3 credits

Select one of the following two courses:
COMM 134     Radio Production                                 3 credits
or
COMM 261     Principles of Video Production             3 credits

Select one of the following two courses:
COMM 321     Advertising Principles and Design         3 credits
or
COMM 350     Public Relations                                     3 credits

Select six credits from among the following courses:
COMM 260     Broadcast Programming and Marketing         3 credits
COMM 301     Selected Topics in Film and Television           3 credits
COMM 320     Selected News Writing                                  3 credits
COMM 329     Media Studio                                                 6 credits
COMM 330     Advanced News Gathering and Reporting      3 credits
COMM 348     Writing for the Media                                     3 credits
COMM 351     Public Relations Cases and Problems              3 credits
COMM 358     Broadcast Journalism                                     3 credits
COMM 361     Advanced Video Production                          4 credits
COMM 368     Criticism of Film and Television                     3 credits
COMM 370     Communicating in Organizations                     3 credits
COMM 391     Advanced Practicum                                     1-3 credits
COMM 392     Leadership                                                     2 credits
COMM 468     Media Performance and Direction                  3 credits

2. Journalism Track
Portfolio Statement: As part of their program of study, all Journalism Track students (starting with COMM 191 and COMM 203) are expected to start and maintain a portfolio of newspaper clippings, sound, and/or video recordings of journalism work. This portfolio should also include an up-to-date résumé and other appropriate materials.

A minimum of 34 credits to include:
COMM 170     Mass Communication and Society                 3 credits
COMM 191     Practicum                                                     2 credits
COMM 203     News Gathering and Reporting                     3 credits
COMM 320     Selected News Writing                                 3 credits
COMM 330     Advanced News Gathering and Reporting     3 credits
COMM 358     Broadcast Journalism                                     3 credits
COMM 391     Advanced Practicum                                     2 credits
COMM 455     Mass Communication Theory                         3 credits
COMM 477     Mass Communication Law                             3 credits
COMM 491     Capstone Participation                                     0 credits

Capstone Statement: Courses available to be paired with COMM 491 for identification as capstone experience with consent of Advisor (minimum three credits) include: MM 475, 495, 498             3 credits

Select six credits from among the following courses:
COMM 134     Radio Production                                       3 credits
COMM 260     Broadcast Programming and Marketing      3 credits
COMM 261     Principles of Video Production                    3 credits
COMM 321     Advertising Principles and Design                3 credits
COMM 350     Public Relations                                           3 credits
COMM 351     Public Relations Cases and Problems           3 credits
COMM 370     Communicating in Organizations                   3 credits
COMM 376     Group Communication Processes                 3 credits
COMM 392     Leadership                                                     2 credits

3. Video Production Track
A minimum of 34 credits to include:
COMM 104     Film and Culture                                       3 credits
COMM 170     Mass Communication and Society            3 credits
COMM 191     Practicum                                                 1 credit
COMM 261     Principles of Video Production                   3 credits
COMM 348     Writing for the Media                                 3 credits
COMM 361     Advanced Video Production                      4 credits
COMM 368     Criticism of Film and Television                  3 credits
COMM 391     Advanced Practicum                                  2 credits
COMM 455     Mass Communication Theory                     3 credits
COMM 468     Media Performance and Direction              3 credits
COMM 477     Mass Communication Law                         3 credits
COMM 491     Capstone Participation                               0 credits

Capstone Statement: Courses available to be paired with COMM 491 for identification as capstone experience with consent of Advisor (minimum 3 credits) include: COMM 475, 495, 498.                        3 credits

Mass Communications Minor
A minimum of 22 credits to include:
COMM 170     Mass Communication and Society         3 credits
COMM 191     Practicum                                              1 credit
COMM 455     Mass Communication Theory                 3 credits
COMM 477     Mass Communication Law                     3 credits

Plus 12 credits from the General Mass Communications Track.

Journalism Minor
A minimum of 22 credits to include:
COMM 170     Mass Communication and Society                 3 credits
COMM 191     Practicum                                                     1 credit
COMM 203     News Gathering and Reporting                     3 credits
COMM 330     Advanced News Gathering and Reporting     3 credits
COMM 455     Mass Communication Theory                         3 credits
COMM 477     Mass Communication Law                             3 credits

Plus six credits from the Journalism Track.

C. Theatre Concentration
Portfolio Statement: All theatre majors, as part of their program of study, are expected to start and maintain an artistic portfolio of materials. These materials should include resume and other visual/performance materials appropriate to their program concentration.

Theatre Major

A minimum of 34 credits to include:
COMM 122     Theatre Appreciation                                             3 credits
COMM 125     Beginning Acting                                                    3 credits
COMM 180     Introduction to Technical Theatre                           3 credits
COMM 226     (Section 1 or 2) Professional Preparation               2 credits
COMM 285     (Section 1 or 2) Theatre History                             3 credits
COMM 365     Theatre Direction I                                                 3 credits
COMM 377-1     Special Topics in Theatre-Box Office Practices   2 credits
COMM 377-2     Special Topics in Theatre-Stage Management      2 credits
COMM 388     Elements of Design                                                 3 credits
COMM 491     Capstone Participation                                             0 credits

Capstone Statement: Courses available to be paired with COMM 491 for identification as capstone experience with consent of Advisor (minimum three credits) include: COMM 475, 495, 498.         3 credits

Select four credits from among the following courses:
COMM 191     Practicum                                                                             3 credits
COMM 224     Character Analysis Studio                                                     3 credits
COMM 273     Fundamentals of Oral Interpretation of Literature                   3 credits
COMM 281     (any section) Advanced Technical Theatre                             3 credits
COMM 285     (alternate section only) Theatre History                                  3 credits
COMM 366     Theatre Direction II                                                               3 credits
COMM 377     (other than Section 1 or 2) Special Topics in Theatre              2 credits
COMM 391     Advanced Practicum                                                              3 credits
COMM 392     Leadership                                                                             2 credits
COMM 427     Advanced Acting Studio                                                         3 credits

Choose one from the following courses for three credits:
COMM 211     Interpersonal Communication                                                 3 credits
COMM 370     Communicating in Organizations                                             3 credits
COMM 376     Group Communication Processes                                           3 credits

Theatre Minor

A minimum of 22 credits to include:
COMM 122     Theatre Appreciation                          3 credits
COMM 125     Beginning Acting                                 3 credits
COMM 180     Introduction to Technical Theatre        3 credits
COMM 285     Theatre History                                   3 credits
COMM 365     Theatre Direction I                             3 credits

Select seven credits from the following courses:
COMM 191     Practicum                                                                     3 credits
COMM 224     Character Analysis Studio                                             3 credits
COMM 273     Fundamentals of Oral Interpretation of Literature             3 credits
COMM 281     (any section) Advanced Technical Theatre                     3 credits
COMM 285     (alternate section only) Theatre History                         3 credits
COMM 366     Theatre Direction II                                                         3 credits
COMM 377-1     Special Topics in Theatre-Box Office Practices           2 credits
COMM 377-2     Special Topics in Theatre-Stage Management             2 credits
COMM 388     Elements of Design I                                                      3 credits
COMM 391     Advanced Practicum                                                      3 credits
COMM 427     Advanced Acting Studio                                                 3 credits

Theatre - Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre is a 54-credit comprehensive major with a chosen emphasis in one of the two concentrations. BFA candidates are expected to be actively involved in University Theatre productions to gain sufficient experience to build an appropriate portfolio.

To gain entrance to the BFA program, the prospective student must:

  1. Be recommended by his or her advisor.
  2. Have a minimum of 24 semester credits in the General Education requirements to include all requirements in the General Education core with the exception of any senior assessment requirement.
  3. Show sufficient portfolio work to show his or her potential as a BFA candidate.

To maintain their degree candidacy, BFA candidates will undergo an annual review of their portfolios by the drama faculty.

Bachelor of Fine Arts
(Performance Concentration)

A minimum of 54 credits to include:
COMM 122 Theatre Appreciation                                                   3 credits
COMM 125 Beginning Acting                                                           3 credits
COMM 180 Introduction to Technical Theatre                                 3 credits
COMM 224 Character Analysis Studio                                            3 credits
COMM 226 Professional Preparation                                               2 credits
COMM 285 Theatre History                                                            3 credits
COMM 365 Theatre Direction I                                                        3 credits
COMM 366 Theatre Direction II                                                       3 credits
COMM 377-1 Special Topics in Theatre-Box Office Practices           2 credits
COMM 377-2 Special Topics in Theatre-Stage Management             2 credits
COMM 388 Elements of Design I                                                     3 credits
COMM 392 Leadership                                                                     2 credits
COMM 427 Advanced Acting Studio                                                  3 credits
COMM 491 Capstone Participation                                                      0 credits

Capstone Statement: Courses available to be paired with COMM 491 for identification as capstone experience with consent of advisor (minimum three credits) include: COMM 475, 495, 498.         3 credits

Select 13 credits from among the following courses:
COMM 191 Practicum                                                                     3 credits
COMM 261 Principles of Video Production                                         3 credits
COMM 273 Fundamentals of Oral Interpretation of Literature               3 credits
COMM 285 (alternate section only) Theatre History                             3 credits
COMM 377 (different sections) Special Topics in Theatre                         2 credits
COMM 391 Advanced Practicum                                                         3 credits
COMM 468 Media Performance and Direction                                     3 credits

Choose one from the following courses for three credits:
COMM 211 Interpersonal Communication                                             3 credits
COMM 370 Communicating in Organizations                                             3 credits

Bachelor of Fine Arts
(Design and Technical Production Concentration)

A minimum of 54 credits to include:
COMM 122 Theatre Appreciation                                                             3 credits
COMM 125 Beginning Acting                                                                     3 credits
COMM 180 Introduction to Technical Theatre                                             3 credits
COMM 226 Professional Preparation                                                          2 credits
COMM 281-1 Advanced Technical Theatre                                             3 credits
COMM 281-2 Advanced Technical Theatre                                                 3 credits
COMM 285 Theatre History                                                                         3 credits
COMM 365 Theatre Direction I                                                                     3 credits
COMM 377-1 Special Topics in Theatre - Box Office Practices                      2 credits
COMM 377-2 Special Topics in Theatre - Stage Management                         2 credits
COMM 388 Elements of Design                                                                         3 credits
ART 101 Introduction to Art                                                                           3 credits
COMM 491 Capstone Participation                                                                  0 credits

Capstone Statement: Courses available to be paired with COMM 491 for identification as capstone experience with consent of advisor (minimum three credits) include: COMM 475, 495, 498.         3 credits

Select 15 credits from among the following courses:
COMM 191     Practicum                                                                                 3 credits
COMM 261     Principles of Video Production                                                 3 credits
COMM 285     (alternate section only) Theatre History                                   3 credits
COMM 377     (different sections) Special Topics in Theatre                            2 credits
COMM 392     (different sections) Leadership Training                                     2 credits
ART 221     Art History Survey                                                                     3 credits
ART 222     Art History Survey                                                                     3 credits

Choose one from the following courses for three credits:
COMM 211     Interpersonal Communication                                                 3 credits
COMM 370     Communicating in Organizations                                             3 credits
COMM 376     Group Communication Processes                                             3 credits

See Course Descriptions for information on required courses.